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SSI Resources & Income Limits


To get SSI, your countable resources must not be worth more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple. We call this the resource limit.

Countable resources are the things you own that count toward the resource limit. Many things you own do not count.

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The term deeming means –  identifies the process of considering another person’s income and resources to be available for meeting an SSI claimant’s (or recipient’s) basic needs of food and shelter. *

If a child is under age 18, not married, and lives at home with parent(s) who do not receive SSI benefits, we may consider a portion of the parents’ income and resources as if they were available to the child. We may also count a portion of a stepparent’s income and resources if the child lives with both a parent and a stepparent (or an adoptive parent and a stepparent). We also do this when a child is temporarily away at school, returns home during weekends, holidays or during the summer and remains subject to parental control.

We make deductions from deemed income for parents and for other children living in the home. After we subtract these deductions, we use the remaining amount to decide if the child meets the SSI income and resource requirements for a monthly benefit.

NOTE For more information, see the SSI Spotlight on Deeming Parental Income and Resources.




Deeming from the parent stops when a child attains age 18, marries, or no longer lives with a parent. Deeming does not apply, and we may pay up to $30 plus the applicable State supplement when:

small blue and black arrowa disabled child receives a reduced SSI benefit while in a medical treatment facility; and

small blue and black arrowthe child is eligible for Medicaid under a State home care plan; and

small blue and black arrowdeeming would otherwise cause ineligibility for SSI benefits.

Also, we do not consider the income of a parent for deeming purposes if the parent receives a Public Income Maintenance payment (PIM) such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and his or her other income was used to compute the PIM payment.

If either child or parent is temporarily absent from the household (less than 60 days), the rules about deemed income still apply. child-ussi

In–Kind Income is food or shelter that you get for free or less than its fair market value.


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2 comments on “Resource and Income Limits SSI

    • Here’s resource material and excerpts:

      Disability Benefits

      We base your SSI payments on how much other income you have. When your other income goes up, your SSI payments usually go down. When
      you earn more than the SSI limit, your payments will stop for those months. But, your payments will start again for any month your income drops to less than the SSI limits. Be sure to tell us if your earnings drop, or if you stop working.

      If your only income is SSI, and the money you make from your job, we don’t count the first $85 of your monthly earnings. Each month, we reduce your SSI benefits 50 cents for every dollar that you earn over $85.

      Example: You work and earn $1,000 in a month; and your only income comes from your earnings and your SSI.
      $915 divided by 2 = $457.50

      We would take $457.50 from your SSI payment.

      You may be eligible for a plan to achieve self-support that allows you to use money and resources for a specific work goal. These funds don’t count when we figure out how your current income and resources affect your benefits. Copied from: Working While Disabled—How We Can Help (Publication No. 05-10095).

      A guide to all our employment supports can be found in our Red Book (Publication No. 64-030),

      A Summary Guide to Employment Support for Individuals with Disabilities Under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental
      Security Income Programs.

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